Poem: Dear Future Social Worker

In this poem for Community Care's Choose Social Work campaign, practitioner Emma Atkinson guides future social workers through the inner workings - and humanity - of practice with children and families

A typewriter carrying a page with the words 'Dear future social worker by Emma Atkinson
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You can listen to Emma read her poem above.

Dear Future Social Worker Poem

Dear Future Social Worker Poem

Emma’s poem is part of our Dear Future Social Worker series of letters of advice from current staff and leaders to tomorrow’s practitioners, a key element of Community Care’s Choose Social Work campaign.

The campaign aims to champion the brilliant work social workers do every day, inspire the next generation of practitioners, and counteract the negative media coverage of the profession.

Read about why we’re launching this campaign, and the five steps you can take to support it.

Would you like to write your own letter to the next generation of practitioners? We’d love to hear from you – email ruth.hardy-mullings@markallengroup.com.

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6 Responses to Poem: Dear Future Social Worker

  1. Jo August 1, 2023 at 10:53 pm #

    A brillant poem … so so true …
    Well done Emma you managed to cover so much in such a small space …. I’m so proud of you.

  2. Michael Anderson August 2, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

    And none strike, take action for better conditions and pay but neither are they heard of unless there is blame to say

  3. Annick August 4, 2023 at 8:51 am #

    How beautifully written and how true. Hard to read, hard to hear yet beautiful and inspiring at the same time. Those are words that resonate with all of us, social workers, old and new. Thanks so much for sharing, Emma.

  4. Tracy August 7, 2023 at 10:50 am #

    I only wish I was as skilled to be able to capture a whole vocation in a few paragraphs. An amazing poem Emma, thank you so much for sharing.

  5. SW August 7, 2023 at 11:23 pm #

    Love to hear this read to council leaders and tory politicians…

  6. Talent August 8, 2023 at 11:03 am #

    Love this ! ❤️